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Balance

Balance

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Description
This is a hand balance with 4.5-inch steel beam, two deep copper pans, and four brass weights (marked 3, 4, 8 and 32). The whole fits in a rectangular wooden case, with a paper inside the lid marked “A Table by which may be Calculated the Value of any Weight of Diamonds” and “All sorts of Scales & Weights for Diamonds &c made & sold BY DE GRAVE, SHORT & COMPY. (Late M. Degrave & Son) 59, ST. MARTIN LE GRAND, LONDON.”
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
Diamond Scales
Object Type
Scales
date made
1845-1851
maker
DeGrave, Short and Company
place made
United Kingdom: England, London
Measurements
each pan: 14 mm x 34 mm; 9/16 in x 1 5/16 in
tweezers: 10.2 cm; 4 in
weight 1:;
case: 2.4 cm x 12.8 cm x 7.4 cm; 15/16 in x 5 1/16 in x 2 15/16 in
beam: 11.2 cm; 4 7/16 in
table: 11.5 cm x 6 cm; 4 1/2 in x 2 3/8 in
overall in case: 1 1/8 in x 5 in x 3 in; 2.8575 cm x 12.7 cm x 7.62 cm
ID Number
CH.335522
catalog number
335522
accession number
321714
subject
Weights & Measures
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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